Mark has been teaching Humanities at High Tech High since 2001. He began his teaching career at Point Loma High School and Scripps Ranch High School. Raised in the small town of Fillmore, California where his family raised oranges, Mark is the oldest of ten children. He graduated from Cal State-Chico where he received his bachelors degree in history, with the focus being on Classical Civilizations. In 1987, he earned his teaching credential from San Diego State. Mark has three children- Joshua a postman in Denver, Jacob a contractor in Lake Havasu and Jessica a student at Smith and two grandchildren. His passions include playing poker, reading books about classical history and listening to be-bop jazz.
Amilio worked for 8 years as an engineer focusing on unmanned systems and "drones". He worked in civilian and defense industries; at large companies and small start ups. All the while, he volunteered doing international development projects and science labs with local schools.
After years of teaching science informally to all age groups, Amilio was thrilled to have the opportunity to join the team at High Tech High. He brings his love of science and engineering and a passion for helping people.
Taya is excited to start her second year of teaching in the HTH community. She has a passion for Math, Art, Social Justice and the great outdoors. When Taya isn’t teaching, she can be found hiking or camping in the most remote locations of San Diego.
My wife, Sarah, is a 12th grade math teacher at HTH and we live in Clairemont with our beautiful kids Poema and Canon.
Considering himself an experiential learner, Adam’s diverse employment background helps shape his educational philosophy. From his first job as a mechanic’s assistant at the age of fourteen, he worked as a mason, welder, firefighter, arborist, rock climbing instructor, construction manager, and restaurant manager. One common thread has been integral to Adam’s lifestyle since his teenage years, and that is working with young people. From providing underprivileged children with opportunities to experience the outdoors in Philadelphia to coaching and mentoring here in San Diego, Adam has enjoyed helping young people experience and learn about the world around them for the last thirteen years. He is proud to call his love of teaching and learning a career here at High Tech High.
Climbing, surfing, and exploring are Adam’s passions outside of school.
Michael decided to pursue education during his second year in college after discovering how fulfilling and meaningful investing in others could be. By serving as a “Big” in his club on campus and working as a Peer Mentor for the Triton Freshman Scholars Program, he realized he had a passion for teaching and assisting students from under-served backgrounds succeed in college. Through his coursework as part of the Education Minor at UCSD, his eyes were opened to the vast inequities that are present in the our country's school system and he desired to make a difference in these communities.
These past three years working in the High Tech Schools have greatly impacted his view of how education can be structured through the lens of hands-on and collaborative learning. His aspiration for joining the TAP program is to learn how to foster a classroom environment in which rigorous science coursework can be supported by equitable, project-based, and anti-racist practices. To learn more about this view, please read his teaching philosophy that is linked below.
Outside of the classroom, Michael is an avid K-pop fan, a board game fanatic, a video game enthusiast, and a big sweet tooth. He spends most of his free time on the things listed above or finding new places in San Diego to eat with his friends. His first home was Queens in New York City, but after being raised in the East Bay Area near San Francisco, he moved to San Diego for his undergraduate degree. He fell in love with the city and beauty of San Diego and decided to settle down here as he grows in his practice. He is looking forward to applying what he has learned next school year as he begins teaching 10th grade Math full time at the Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High.
Though she was born in San Diego, Lisa moved every two or three years of her life, so San Diego was only “home” for kindergarten and college (at UCSD), as well as her annual summer vacation destination to visit extended family. She is thrilled to be back and to live near her parents and in-laws. She is always looking out for new students, knowing that experience all too well. She lived up and down the West Coast, in Michigan, in the Philippines, and in Ireland during part of college. She has been impacted personally by two revolutions, having witnessed the People Power Revolution in the Philippines, and having traveled to Berlin, Germany, the year the Berlin Wall came down. When she is not at school, she is the happiest swimming in the ocean and doing creative projects with her husband, Koichi, and their two sons, Kane and Ando.
My current focus as an educator is to work with and dream big with colleagues about how we can push the boundaries of what we can achieve in education. This has led me to develop an ever increasingly inclusive classroom where individual effort is the focus. My practice grows through a collaborative effort with my class - as I work to bring out the best in my students, they inspire the best in me.
A week after graduating from law school, I married my husband Tom, also a newly minted lawyer, and moved to that overlooked jewel of a city, Pittsburgh. I clerked for a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Homesick for my family and the avocados, I convinced Tom to move to San Diego. I practiced labor and employment law for several years before immersing myself in community, non-profit and educational pursuits, including serving as the founding advisory board chair for the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego, the president and board chair of the Junior League of San Diego, and the board chair of Explorer Elementary (now HTeX).
I am a graduate of the HTH Teacher Credentialing Program with credentials in English, Social Science, and Inclusion. Tom and I and our three children (two HTH grads who are in college and a HTH student) live in Point Loma with our two dogs and two cats.
Jesse a proud Banana Slug, Aztec, and Triton. She received her bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from UC Santa Cruz, her teaching credential from San Diego State University, and her Masters of Arts in Education from UC San Diego
Jesse loves teaching and learning and is passionate about science, education and creating positive change in our communities. She spends much of her free time exploring these passions. Jesse recently started the Stem Cell Core Facility at High Tech High where students can experiment on live mouse cells in order to better understand and treat disease.
In her spare time Jesse likes to surf, swim, run, read, and spend time with her family.
Raised in the SF Bay Area, Sarah moved to San Diego in 2001 to attend college. She graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2005 with her BS in Mathematics. She went on to get her teaching credential from PLNU as well. She was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Teacher Leadership Program in the High Tech High Graduate School of Education and she completed her thesis on the use of open-ended math problems in 2009.
Sarah has a daughter, Poema Grace, who is 5.5 years old and a son, Canon David Lawrence, who is 4. Sarah loves the beautiful outdoors and one of her favorite places is Yosemite where she goes every summer. She also loves running and has competed in three marathons and nine half marathons! This summer Sarah celebrated her nine year anniversary with her husband, Mike, who teaches ninth grade humanities at HTH. They are very happy to be a part of the High Tech Village and can sometimes be seen after school coaching and running with the High School Cross Country and Track teams!
My childhood was filled with a lot of traveling. Although I was born in Boston, Massachusetts, I grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Upon my elementary school career, my family, of African descent, returned to Nigeria, West Africa, where I completed elementary school, junior high, and senior high before returning back to Brooklyn, New York.
In the fall of 1998, I joined the United States Navy where I served on numerous expeditions. After my successful tour in the Navy, I moved to the Midwest and attended the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. In the fall of 2004, I moved back to San Diego and transferred to San Diego City College. While I was pursuing my Associates degree, I got accepted into California State University - San Marcos. I graduated with both my Associates and my Bachelors in the summer of 2006 with my focus in psychology. In the spring of 2010, I completed my Masters in Psychology with an emphasis in Crisis Management and Response from Walden University.
My interests are listening to music, coaching soccer, exercising, dancing, reading, hiking, baking, cooking, and spending time with my lovely wife, our two amazing children, Yankee (our dog), and our 'wannabe dog' cat, Diesel.
Education has always been a passion of mine. I've worked/volunteered at several International Schools in Minneapolis, mostly supporting English Language Learners. This will be my third year working within the High Tech High Community and I feel extremely lucky and honored to be here. I started at HTHMA as an academic coach and was able to see first hand the benefits of inclusion. As an Inclusion Specialist, my goal is to create a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment for successful learning. I look forward to working with all of you!
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” - Albert Einstein
As the 11th grade Inclusion Specialist, I'm making it my goal to prepare my Juniors for the outside world by helping them to actively develop contingency plans, as well as encouraging them to explore future college and career options.
I've been called the Wade Wilson of teaching because I believe in readying my students for their future as...heroes...by reinforcing ambition, communicating clearly and including humor in every challenge.
I was born in Central New York, and spent the first 20 years of my life there. While in New York, I attended Onondaga College and Syracuse University: Newhouse.
In 2000, I moved to San Diego, and attended San Diego State University while working full-time as an editor at Marcoa Publishing and the VGO Network. I graduated with a double major in Journalism/English and a minor in Comparative Literature, as well as a certification in CDIS/American Sign Language. I have worked in San Diego school districts for the last 8 years, and am beyond excited to make High Tech High my new home!
When I'm not in school, you can find me at the archery range with my 80# compound bow (Vera) and my 45# recurve (Velma). I enjoy board game nights with friends (Betrayal at House on the Hill, Gloomhaven and Dead of Winter are faves!), watching hockey (GO GULLS!), training for the next Spartan race, hiking and getting mileage outdoors when properly baited--a bag of dried bacon usually does the trick!
I also read compulsively, binge watch TV shows and have a media library of movies and video games from Atari through the Nintendo Switch! We’re currently playing Borderlands, Rad, Morphie’s Law, Don’t Starve and Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Hello! I am Andrew Gloag, and since August 2019, I am the director of High Tech High. I was born and raised in a small town in North England. In 1989, I attended Oxford University to study physics, later moving to Glasgow then Birmingham for Doctoral and Post-Doctoral work. I moved to San Diego in 1999. In 2001 I became aware of a fledgling school called High Tech High and slowly became involved in the work of the school. I trained for my California Teaching Credential in 2004 and started teaching at HTH soon after. I have taught Physics, Engineering, Chemistry, and Math at all 4 grade levels and have two children enrolled in the school: Nadia in 12th grade and Peter in 9th. My youngest son, Jack, attends High Tech Elementary and is in 4th grade.
I am honored to be given the role of director here, and I strongly believe in providing our students with an engaging and rigorous project-based educational experience, giving them the opportunity to learn alongside experts in all fields – from Comic Books to Oceanography, Theater to Rocketry, Astronomy to Carpentry.
Stephanie's three children have grown up in the High Tech village and she is thrilled to be a part of the team! In her spare time, she loves to travel, practice yoga and paddleboard.
Joe has 2 sons, one who graduated HTH in 2008 and one who graduated from HTHMA in 2009, so he has been around HTH for quite a while. He has lived in San Diego for most of his life, spending a year in Oregon and 1 ½ years traveling the US in a motor home with his family - getting to all 48 contiguous states. Joe thoroughly enjoys his position at HTH, and the many students who stop by his office to chat. When not working Joe enjoys boogie boarding, attempting to learn to surf, dancing, traveling and auto racing and sailing
Prior to coming to HTH, I was the Head College Counselor for 19 years at Academy Our Lady of Peace (OLP), where I met my husband -- who also works there (a Spanish teacher). During my tenure at OLP, I kept my hand in the college admissions field by working as an Admissions Reader for UCSD for 12 years and currently for UCLA the past 9 years. I also served on the Board of Directors for the National Catholic College Admissions Association and was on the Local Advisory Committee for the National College Counseling Conference held in San Diego in 2015. I have been on the National College Fair Committee for over 18 years and am the WACAC SLC-San Diego Conference Chair.
For the past 4 summers, I have served as an Admissions Coach for USC's Bovard Scholars Program -- a 3-week residential program that works with high achieving, rising seniors from under-resourced schools and I match them with top-tier universities while walking them through the college application process. In 2019, I was named the Lead Admissions Coach -- a position they created for me!
In my free time, I enjoy playing and coaching sports (my 9 year old daughter, Natalie, plays soccer, softball and golf -- basketball is next!!). Fun fact: I'm a HUGE Disneyland and Portland Trailblazers fan.
I taught in the Inclusion and Special Ed Resource Settings at Gadsden High School in the Valley of Dona Ana County in Southern New Mexico and in the evenings I would teach adults ESL at the NMSU/DACC College. For the past six years I have fulfilled the Emerging Bilingual Specialist role at High Tech High. While I am very happy to sponsor the MEChA organization, I also coordinate parent engagement community outreach to our Latino Spanish Speaking communities.
In my spare time, I enjoy singing with the classical masterworks with FUMC Masterworks Chorale and for the chancel Choir. I love my doggie, "Cuernitos". I love exploring new walking and strolling spaces in and around the San Diego and Coronado. I am fortunate to have a significant other who is also a professional musician and a guitar/ukelele teacher. I am receiving voice lessons under the direction of Soprano, Diane Alexander in her Coronado studio, while I am preparing my voice to prepare for more professional choirs and or roles sometime in the near future.
Here is a little of me singing on my youtube channel: